Wausau area obituaries January 28, 2022


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Sharon L. Tesch

Sharon Lynn Tesch, of Weston, passed away at the young age of 61 on January 24, 2022, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

Sharon was born December 18, 1960, in Wausau to parents Franklin and Delores (Viergutz) Prochnow.

Sharon married the love of her life, Randy Tesch, on October 1, 1977, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Wausau. She worked in adult daycare at the healthcare center as a CNA for over 20 years. She enjoyed being outside and camping with family. Every Friday, Sharon and Randy would go out for a fish fry and enjoy an old fashioned. More than anything, she loved spending time with her family and especially loved her grandchildren and great granddaughter. She even had a soft spot for the dogs, Buddy and Gizmo.

Sharon is survived by her husband of 45 years, Randy Tesch; children Joey (Jill) Tesch, Adam (Dana) Tesch, and Amanda (Erik) Windorski; grandchildren DaKota (Kirstin), Isaac, Abby, Amy, Hailey, and Vivian; great granddaughter Aubreigh; siblings Sandy (Jim) Riehle and Mike (Shelly) Prochnow; and many extended family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 4pm – 6pm on Thursday, February 3, 2022, at Brainard Funeral Home- Everest Chapel, 5712 Memorial Court, Weston. A celebration of Sharon’s life will take place at 11am on Friday, February 4, 2022, at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 6205 Alderson Street, Weston. Visitation will begin at 9am until the time of service.

Sharon’s family wishes to thank the Aspirus Comfort Care staff.


Marguerite Raasch

Marguerite “Peggy” Raasch, 70, of Rothschild passed away Wednesday January 26, 2022 peacefully at home, surrounded by her family, after a short battle with cancer.   

Peggy was born February 10, 1951, daughter of the late Richard Abel and Ina (Saunders) Martin. On September 20, 1969, she married Richard “Dick” Raasch in Wausau. He preceded her in death.   She was employed with McDonalds in Schofield over 25 years and later with the Kocourek Automotive Group for over 20 years. 

She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her beloved grandchildren, Shayna, Brenna and Cooper Raasch and Charlotte Hornung. She could always be found cooking for her family and friends.   Survivors include her mother, Ina Martin, children, Kimberly Raasch, Rothschild, Keith “Butch” (Michelle Millikin) Raasch, Rothschild, Kristin (Jeremy) Hornung, Ringle. Her grandchildren Charlotte Hornung, Shayna, Brenna, and Cooper Raasch, along their mother

Stephanie (Kevin) Ostrowski. Siblings Richard (Jean) Abel, Cheryl (Robert) Baumgart, Mary Jozwiak, Connie (John) Roselius, John Abel, Jennifer (Thomas) Roselius, and Michael Abel.

She was preceded in death by her husband Dick, her father Richard, in-laws Roland and Germaine Raasch and stepfather John Martin. 

Visitation will be Monday, January 31, 2022 from 3 pm – 5 pm at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Weston. Funeral Services will be at 5 pm. The Rev Greg Bohren will officiate. The Brainard Funeral Home, Weston is assisting with arrangements.  

The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St Jude Children’s Hospital in Peggy’s name. This was a charity near to her heart.

A huge thank you to Dr. Erik Anderson for his exceptionally compassionate care that allowed Peggy to remain in her home surrounded by her family until her passing. 


Donald L. Kleinschmidt

Donald “Don” L. Kleinschmidt, 84, died Monday, January 24, 2022 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

He was born October 6, 1937 in Merrill, son of the late August and Ermgard (Juedes) Kleinschmidt. On October 22, 1958 he married Nancy Schneck in Wausau and she preceded him in death on September 11, 2009.

Don graduated from Merrill High School in 1955, served his country in the United States Navy and worked for Wausau Papers.  He enjoyed playing horseshoes, bowling and playing concertina in DK’s Band.  He loved being a dad and grandpa and was someone who you could talk to for hours about anything.  He also enjoyed spending time on Facebook, trips to the casino and attending horse races with his son, Scott and Steve.

Survivors include his children, Janelle (Jim) Fochs and Scott (Steve Kaiser) Kleinschmidt; grandchildren, Heather (Alex) Harris-LeMaster, Kimberley (Jake) Harris, Luke (Tracy) Fochs, Travis (Sara) Fochs and Emily (Luke) Kramer; great-grandchildren, Ian, Janelle, London, Layla, Max, Addison and Nahvia; sister, Shirley Zocker, best friend, Ann and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Nancy.

Funeral services will be 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 1302 Sixth Street, Wausau.  Rev. Dr. Philip C. Schneider will officiate.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. until the time of services all at the funeral home.  Burial will be 1:00 p.m. Thursday at Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau, with full military honors conducted by the American Legion Montgomery Plant Dudley Post No 10, Wausau.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com


Lorraine J. Litzer

Lorraine Litzer passed away at age 92 in her home under the loving care of her family in Schofield on Wednesday, January 19, 2022. 

Lorraine was born in Plover, WI on July 2, 1929, to the late John and Melva (Cater) Vercimak.  Lorraine was the first of two children.  Her brother, John (Kathy) Vercimak of Schofield survives.  On November 12, 1946 Lorraine married Edward R Litzer in Wausau, WI.  He preceded Lorraine in death in 1980.

Lorraine is survived by her daughters Carlo (William) Ferge of Marshfield, and Patricia (Fred) Ohlmann of Merrill; and her sons Edward J (Dori) Litzer of Salem OR, Aladin (Carrie) Litzer of Schofield, and Cabot (Gloria) Litzer of Marathon.  Lorraine’s daughter Sallee (Gary) Krueger preceded her in death in 2018.  Lorraine is also survived by many grandchildren: Jason Krueger of Town of Hewitt, Jeremy (Amy) Krueger of Merrill, Trudi (David) Sturzennger of Town of Hewitt, Christopher Ferge of Rhinelander, Rachel (Andrew) Hughes of Rib Mountain, Alexander Ferge of Eau Claire, Max Ohlmann of Merrill, Sara (Jason) Karcz of Merrill, Justin (Erica) Litzer of Bend, OR, Drew (Margo) Litzer of Bend, OR, Robby (Michelle) Litzer of Beaver Dam, Amy Jo Litzer of Madison, and 10 great-grandchildren.

Lorraine enjoyed this extended family, hosting many special gatherings at her home throughout the years.  She was very active and loved the outdoors- playing yard games, gardening, even playing baseball with her children and grandkids.  Lorraine was an avid sports fan, recording scores and remarkable players in her notebook, next to her favorite chair.  She followed everything from football to tennis, baseball to golf; high-school level to pro.  She enjoyed watching the Green Bay Packers the most.  It was a highlight of her life to attend sporting events for her children and grandchildren.  Lorraine was quite the athlete herself, participating in multiple golf and bowling leagues into her 80s.  She loved to feed and watch the birds, read, put together puzzles, and play cards.  Her home was always a hub of activity and all were welcomed most warmly.  Later in life, her brother John would stop in for a visit and the two would often split a Point Special and share a laugh.  Lorraine was well known for her quick wit; she often brought smiles and delight to those around her.  She is cherished by many and she will be greatly missed.

The family would like to express sincere appreciation to the Marshfield Medical Center- Weston Hospital Staff for the wonderful care Lorraine received.  We are also incredibly grateful for the hospice care Lorraine received from the Compassus Staff at the end of her life.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 3, 2022, at 3:00 pm at the Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 1302 N Sixth Street, Wausau.  Visitation will precede the service; from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.  The family requests that those in attendance please wear a mask at the visitation and the funeral.  In accordance with Lorraine’s wishes, a private interment will be held at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Kronenwetter at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to DC Everest Athletics.  Condolences can be sent to Aladin Litzer at 5101 Maple Street, Schofield, WI 54476.


Jeanette L. Stubbe

Jeanette Lucy Stubbe, 90, of Wausau passed into the Loving Arms of Jesus on Tuesday, January 25, 2022, surrounded by her children.

Jeanette’s story began on November 7, 1931 when she was born to Edward and Elizabeth (Slagowski) Schroeder in Milwaukee in the community now known as Pulaski.  She was the oldest of five children.  She had two sisters, Betty Ann and Doris, and two brothers, Carey and Tommy. 

Jeanette’s special memories growing up were playing with her best friends, Rosemary (Rasmussen) Lord and Betty Behl, being on the Pulaski High School Swim Team, and going to the movies to see her favorite movie star, Jeanette McDonald, whom she was named after.  She loved spending time at Jackson Pond Park where she enjoyed swimming and ice skating.  Just a couple years back in September 2019, Jeanette took a special trip back to Milwaukee with her two daughters to revisit the neighborhood where she grew up and her beloved Jackson Pond Park. 

While attending high school, Jeanette was a proud member of the Civil Air Patrol, which was the civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force.  At age sixteen, she started working at Lerners Shops on Wisconsin Avenue in Downtown Milwaukee.  She proved to be excellent at sales, always setting challenging sales goals for herself and proving to be a favorite among her many customers.  Jeanette remembered riding the city bus for over an hour after work and then walking a mile in the dark on a gravel road getting home close to 11:00 p.m.  She was a highly valued employee as proven by the phone call her parents received from Lerners expressing their dismay that she was leaving for a new job.

After graduating from Pulaski High School in 1950, Jeanette gained employment with Marshall Ilsley Bank in the Bookkeeping Department.  Shortly thereafter, her parents decided it was time to leave Milwaukee and move the family to a farm in the Town of Texas just north of Wausau.  Even though she was now an adult, her dad would not allow her to remain in Milwaukee and told her she would be moving with them to Wausau.

While applying for a loan at Citizens State Bank in Wausau, Jeanette’s dad mentioned to the bank president that he had an eighteen-year-old daughter with bank experience who was looking for a job.  Jeanette was hired on the spot.  She reported for work and learned that she would be the secretary for the bank’s vice president and that among her many duties one would be taking dictation in shorthand.  Shorthand was not her favorite thing. 

Jeanette’s new life in Wausau was filled with many wonderful experiences and memories.  It was at Citizens State Bank that she met the love of her life, a handsome teller named Donald Stubbe.  A special memory in particular that she often talked about was when she found herself at the request of a bank customer persuaded into running as a candidate for the 1951 Wausau Food Queen Pageant.  She was voted runner-up!

On May 2,1953, Jeanette and Donald were married at St. James Catholic Church in Wausau.  They were charter members of St. Matthew Catholic Church for a great many years and later joined St. Anne Catholic Church. 

Motherhood was calling!  Jeanette and Donald had three children – Diana, Mark, and Christine.  Jeanette left Citizens State Bank to raise their three children full-time.  Proving highly sought after once again, five years into her career hiatus, the president of National Bank of Wausau asked her to come work for them, thus pulling her back into banking.  Thirty-two years later in 1993, she retired as Assistant Cashier and Auditor with US Bancorp, previously known as First Wisconsin National Bank, Firstar, and National Bank of Wausau, completing a thirty-eight year career in banking.  She was a member of the National Association of Business Women.

Jeanette and Donald created a loving, faith-filled home.  Summers spent camping, fishing, and swimming held them tightly together as a family and brought many years of fun times and great memories.

In 1978, Jeanette and Donald took the family on a three-week road trip to Southern California to visit Donald’s brother and family.  It was an awesome trip that gave the family such wonderful, happy memories.  Other wonderful memories include family trips to the Great Smoky Mountains, Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Apostle Islands, Mackinac Island, and Door County. 

As Jeanette and Donald became grandparents, they took great joy in their three grandchildren.  In fact, according to their children and grandchildren, they were the best grandparents in the world.  They lovingly helped with daycare whenever and as often as needed.  They would treat their grandchildren to many adventures after school and during the summer.  Summer days were spent swimming at the pool, going for lunch and ice cream, watching movies, and more.  New toys and quality clothing were always in abundance with Grandma.  Grandma and Grandpa attended as many of the school events and activities as they could.  Time spent watching their grandchildren’s choir/band concerts, soccer games, baseball games, football games, swimming meets, rugby games, marathons, triathlons, drama performances, and other activities were so important to them. 

Just as they taught their own children, Grandma and Grandpa taught their grandkids about hard work, being self-sufficient, meeting new people, not being shy, earning money, following their dreams, and most of all instilling in them “don’t be upset

or sad, life is short, always be happy!”  Grandma encouraged her grandkids to find their niche and “be the first in the family” to do something new.  This message was taken to heart and, with much love and support, her grandchildren blossomed into their respective careers.  Grandma and Grandpa were enthralled with knowing about how their school, work, and careers were taking flight.  Jeanette also has two great-grandchildren, Laekin and Beckett, who have also brought her great joy.  A third grandchild bestowed by God will arrive in August.  We love you, Grandma!

Jeanette and Donald enjoyed twelve wonderful Snowbird Winters in Destin, Florida with family.  Fun things included riding the bus to Biloxi to the casinos, checking out the area restaurants, walking on the beach, visiting the marina, and feeding the seagulls. 

Jeanette loved to knit and crochet afghans, scarves, mittens, and hats.  She loved to embroider dish towels.  She was a wonderful cook!  Some of her favorites were Homemade Chicken Soup with Egg Dumplings, Potato Dumpling Soup, German Potato Salad, Cottage Cheese and Onion Pierogi, and many wonderful baked goods.  She enjoyed doing word search games and crossword puzzles.  She was a long-term member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Burns Post 388 Ladies Auxiliary.

Jeanette very much enjoyed watching RFD-TV on Saturday evenings.  “Daniel O’Donnell,” “Mollie B. Polka Party,” and “Larry’s Country Diner” were her favorites.  Watching Hallmark movies with her youngest daughter, watching Green Bay Packer Games with her son, going on occasional trips to the casino with her oldest daughter, playing cards with her granddaughter, visits with her grandsons, and day trips to Crystal Lake with her youngest daughter and grandchildren were among her fondest memories.

Above all else, Mom was always faithful to God, to Dad, to her family, and to all of her responsibilities.  She was filled with faith, a loving and devoted wife, a loving and amazing mom, and a loving and wonderful grandmother and great-grandmother.  We were so blessed to have her!  We held a special event to celebrate and honor her on her 90th birthday – ninety years of being amazing!  She will be missed so very much.  Her love and all she taught us will be with all of us forever.  We love you, Mom!

Jeanette is survived by her children, Diana Stubbe (William Zell) of Grayling, MI, Mark Stubbe of Weston, and Christine (Paul) Mizgalski of Weston; grandchildren, Jacob (Rachel) Mizgalski of Wausau, Jennifer Stubbe (Josh Waukau) of Weston, and Zachary Mizgalski of Appleton; and great-grandsons, Laekin and Beckett.  She is also survived by Bette Ann and Irving Fletcher of Schofield, Doris and George Melder of Hubertus, and Thomas Schroeder and Jeanette Mitchell of Wausau.  In addition she is survived by Helen Stubbe of Wausau, Edward and Marge Stubbe of Weston, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Jeanette is preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Elizabeth Schroeder; brother, Carey Schroeder; sisters-in-law, Jean Schroeder, Wendy Schroeder, and Lucille Streck; brothers-in-law, Clayton Stubbe, Floyd Stubbe, and Milton Streck; niece, Roxanne Fletcher; and nephew, Ricky Fletcher.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at St. Michael Catholic Church, Wausau.  Father Tom Lindner of St. Anne Catholic Church will preside.  Entombment will be in Memorial Chapel Mausoleum, Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau.  Family and friends may call on Tuesday, February 1, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 1302 Sixth Street, Wausau.  A Rosary Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday.  Visitation will also be held at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.

A special heartfelt thank you to Dr. Pablo Abrego, Dr. Grace Laynes, and staff of Marshfield Clinic and Aspirus Wausau Hospital, including Palliative Care and Hospice House, for the exceptional and compassionate care Mom received.  Your kindness will always be remembered.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com


Dorothy I. Zoromski

Dorothy I. Zoromski, 83, of Galloway, died on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at her home, surrounded by her family, under the care of her family and Compassus Hospice.

Dorothy was born on November 29, 1938, in Birnamwood. The daughter of Herman and Ruby (Harris) Weller. On April 18, 1959, Dorothy was united in marriage to Emerick Zoromski at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Galloway.

Dorothy enjoyed animals, bird watching, her pets, the Milwaukee Brewers, gardening, and bowling (in her early years). Dorothy also enjoyed crossword puzzles, playing board games, bingo and cards. She was a member of the Elderon Memorial Post 8068 Auxillary and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Galloway and its PCCW. She loved to travel with Rockport, Texas being a favorite destination. She enjoyed listening to music, especially old country music. Dorothy cherished her family and loved spending time with them, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Dorothy is survived by her husband, Emerick; her beloved cat, Josie; six children, Cynthia (Richard) Koszarek of Galloway, Alan (Lorri) Zoromski of Fennimore, Peter (Sue) Zoromski of Hortonville, Linda (John) Wierzba of Galloway, Mary (Jeff) Uttecht of Galloway and Brian (Michelle) Zoromski of Combined Locks; 17 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; four brothers, Joseph (Gloria) Weller, Raymond Weller, Roger (Colleen) Weller, Jeffrey (Tamara) Weller; six sisters, Donna Flaig, Carol Wagner, Barbara Weller, Mary Weller, Laura (Barry) Dallavalle and Sharon (Ronald) Bauch, and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; three grandchildren, John Wierzba Jr., Melissa Uttecht and Lydia Zoromski; one brother, Herman Weller Jr.; one sister-in-law, Jill Weller and one brother-in-law, Roger Flaig.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, January 29, 2022, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Galloway. Rev. Jeffrey Hennes will officiate. A Rosary will be recited at 8:30 AM. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Visitation will begin on Saturday following the Rosary until the time of Mass at the church.

Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home, Wittenberg is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories and messages of support may be shared at schmidtschulta.com.




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